Research Projects

Each year, IRDA's R&D Team conducts more than one hundred research projects in sustainable agriculture. What's more, IRDA is working with Quebec's key agricultural stakeholders to find concrete solutions.

Dairy cows
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Substituting corn for hulless barley in dairy cow rations – an economic analysis

Economic analysis for an Agrinova project that measures the optimal amount of hulless barley to replace some of the grain corn in dairy cow rations without affecting milk production and milk components.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Dairy cows

Adapting intensive grazing and robotic milking in organic milk production – an economic analysis

Economic analysis of a project initiated by Agrinova to encourage cows to move from the pasture to the milking parlor.

Researcher: Luc Belzile

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Luc Belzile
Manure spreading
2017-2019 • Livestock productionField crops

Validating tools used to reduce soil phosphorus saturation by monitoring soil tests and phosphorus loads in an intensive livestock region

The aim of this project is to show that efforts made to better distribute phosphorus on the land are effective and that the indicators used to determine phosphorus saturation thresholds are correlated with soil phosphorus balance and dynamics.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Manure pit
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Characterizing GHG emission sources from covered pig manure storage facilities with biogas treatment systems

This project will draw recommendations to reduce fugitive emissions through technical means or agricultural practices.

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Barn
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Low GHG emission strategies for Quebec dairy farms

The aim of this project was to identify manure management strategies that boost productivity on Québec dairy farms and reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Laying hens
2016-2018 • Livestock production

Revising the nutrient balance sheet for estimating phosphorus loading in laying hen production

This project was set up to test the nutrient balance sheet method as a tool for estimating phosphorus output from pullets and laying hens.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Laying hens
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Field tests on the nitrogen efficiency coefficient and nitrogen release period of pelleted laying hen manure on grain corn and oat crops

This project will determine the nitrogen efficiency coefficient (EC) of pelleted laying hen manure, a source that is interesting an increasing number of growers, both organic and conventional, because of its efficiency.

Researcher: Christine Landry

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Christine Landry
Chickens
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Living environments and animal welfare in aviary systems (Phase 1: Mitigation)

This project will help to identify and evaluate practices, techniques, and technologies that can be used to improve overall environmental performance, animal welfare, and the quality of the animals’ living environment.

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Stéphane Godbout
Caroline Côté
Beef cattle
2017-2019 • Livestock production

Quantifying and reducing GHG emissions on Québec beef farms

One of the project objectives is to calculate GHG emissions in various beef production systems based on the results of a literature, methodology, and database review.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Swines
2016-2017 • Livestock production

Impact of floor type on odour emissions in hog production: evaluating average emissions and quantifying their reduction in hog finishing barns

The objective of the project was to demonstrate that next generation hog barn design (slatted floors over 2/3 or more of the area) generate less odor.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Air treatment system
2016-2018 • Livestock production

An innovative and economical air treatment technology for pig farms

IRDA and CRIUCPQ have been working on developing an air treatment unit to reduce pig farm emissions.

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Liquid manure pit
2015-2017 • Livestock production

Methane treatment of a covered slurry tank using a high efficiency biofilter

Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.

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Manure storage pit
2016-2017 • Livestock production

Technical guide on how to factor in added bedding and water and feed losses in determining the total volume for designing manure storage tanks

When designing tanks, the total volume of material to be stored must be calculated. This guide provides a comprehensive calculation method that takes into account volumes of bedding added as well as feed and water losses.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout
Berms
2015-2017 • Livestock production

Managing berms and swales to increase the effectiveness of vegetative filter strips around beef cow wintering lots

This project aimed to evaluate the purification capacity of different configurations of swales planted with shrubs or perennial grasses to serve as vegetative filter strips.

Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser

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Marc-Olivier Gasser
Hen-house
2013-2018 • Livestock production

Bioproduct combination study to avoid antibiotics in broiler chicken production

The objective of this study is to create a cheap, effective, ecofriendly alternative to the use of antibiotics on chicken farms by developing a new formula using yeasts, enzymes, and organic acids.

Researcher: Stéphane Godbout

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Stéphane Godbout

The solutions developed by IRDA aim to...

Ensure the sustainability

and quality of soil, water, and air

Protect the health and well-being

of local communities by improving the quality of crop and livestock production, with an emphasis on animal welfare

Safeguard the economic viability

of crop and livestock production